Written on: May 10, 2021
If you look over your propane statements for the last year or so, you’ll likely discover that your propane usage changes from month to month. That is especially true if you use propane for heating your Oklahoma home.
You may be surprised how much propane you use in the summer if you also use propane for water heating and cooking. You might even suspect you have a propane gas leak because you’re using more propane than you thought you would.
If you ever do suspect a gas leak or smell the rotten-egg odor of propane gas, get everyone out of the house immediately and call 911 and Pitmon.
Here’s a way to get a better idea of how much propane you’re using.
As you are unlikely to be running all the propane appliances in your home at 100 percent capacity 24/7, the table below estimates propane usage for running them at 25 to 50 percent capacity for two to six hours a day.
These calculations show you that your propane usage can vary greatly, between 1.2 and 7.2 gallons per day. Just a few extra loads of laundry or hot showers increase your propane usage much more than you’d think. Here’s an example:
220,000 BTU/hours (the total for all the appliances) ÷ 91,547 BTU/gallon of propane = 2.4 gallons per hour
2.4 gallons x .25 (25 percent capacity) = .6 gallons per hour
.6 gallons x 2 hours = 1.2 gallons
This number can then be used to calculate greater use of propane appliances:
A propane pool heater (at 425,000 BTU/hour) that operates for one hour a day at 75 percent capacity would add about 3.5 gallons to your daily usage:
425,000 BTU/hour ÷ 91,547 = 4.64 gallons/hour
4.65 x .75 = 3.48 gallons
Propane pool heaters use a lot of propane, which is why we recommend using a pool cover when the pool isn’t in use to help retain as much of the heat in the pool as possible.
A propane generator is another appliance that can affect your propane usage estimations because you can’t predict if or when you’ll be using it.
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